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Ambre & Mark Spybey - Sfumato CD [HSH03]

Published 2000

First part of the threesome series (3 CD's in total). Sold out and deleted in 2002.

This disc is the first of the Hushush Threesome three CD series that will see Mark Spybey, Mick Harris (Scorn, Lull, Painkiller etc.) and Ambre collaborate successively together. The album has been recorded during an epic two weeks session at lAuberge de la Mouette Rieuse on the North Sea shore in De Haan (Belgium) in September 1999 by Ambre with tapes provided by the English artist Mark Spybey. well known as ex-member of Zoviet*France, Download (along with cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy) and SPASM.

While Ambres other side projects such as Torsion and Axiome are more focused on distorted industrial chaos, this collaboration with Mark Spybey is exploring the universes of electro-acoustic, ambient music and minimal electronic. Its giving the listener the opportunity to discover a very singular world made out of random jazzy samples and very touching harmonies. The result is very well organized but as none of the members of this collaboration are well behaved, this disc is giving you the chance the get many surprises even if you are already familiar with the former productions on the two entities. We hope at Hushush that many of the new ways explored here are going to give birth to new projects.

Ambre (Belgium / Canada / Netherlands)

Ambre is one of the several projects conducted by the influential Belgian artists John N. Sellekaers (Xingu Hill, Torsion, Snog, Internal, Urawa), C-drík (Axiome, Crno Klank) and Olivier Moreau (Imminent Starvation, Torsion, Axiome, Delta Files, Urawa). Ambre, their isolationist, ambient industrial project had their first disc "Enclave" unanimously acclaimed. (Published on the famous German label Ant-Zen).

Mark Spybey (Canada / Great Britain)

Mark Spybey is currently working under the monikers of Dead Voices on Air and Propeller. Mark is a former member of the influential British band Zoviet*France and the much-talked about industrial act Download (along with cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy). He had also collaborated with many seminal artists and bands such as Jarboe of the Swans, CAN, Not Breathing, James Plotkin, Pigface, the Legendary Pink Dots and for Disques Hushush, Mark he collaborated with Mick Harris and Ambre on the Threesome series.

1 - Citadelle intérieure
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - Visite au zoo triste
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - Corrosion
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - La cantatrice mauve
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - L'horloge de calcutta
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
6 - J'irai cracher sur vos tombes
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
7 - Zéro cinquante-neuf
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
8 - Le clown baxir kodek
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
9 - La loge dorée
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
10 - Poussière d'absinthe
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
11 - Derrière le rideau de verre
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
12 - À quoi servent les morts?
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
13 - Machine d'esprits
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
14 - Le printemps des abîmes
[MusicBrainz (recording)]

See also MusicBrainz (release group)[MusicBrainz (release group)]; MusicBrainz (release)[MusicBrainz (release)]; Amazon[Amazon]


Reviewer: dahszil - - January 31, 2014
Subject: not bad, a little too "dark", downtempo for me
Everything creative is good in the sense that humans did something with whatever media and completed it. So i don't really like to be critical. However for my nervous system and mind I need a little more uptempo, higher register, and a little more sounds and music going on I guess. Although I much like this piece by a Japanese artist(name?)and its like an hour of one note being modulated, and increasing and decreasing in volume. It really does help you to be in a healthful trance i suppose. healthy or not i like it. So i am sort of a hypocrite to say i can't stand minimalism
Reviewer: PsychedelicKingdomCome - - July 25, 2011
Subject: 12 points go to
Immer wieder erstaunlich, was hier bei archive so alles lagert. Allerbesten Dank für dieses rare Material. Schade nur, das die anderen beiden Teile nicht zugänglich sind. Schliesse mich einem der reviewer an und sag: 10 stars!!!
Reviewer: mikemarmo - - September 3, 2007
Subject: quality stuff
the tracks are industrial ambient mostly good but certain tracks, all experimental in nature, are just too annoying to sit though to finish
Reviewer: greenhouse george - - November 22, 2006
Subject: better than life
dark and strange electronics/production. extrememly well produced. highly reccomended
Reviewer: Erratic - - July 30, 2004
Subject: 10 stars!
Simply a work of genius, by some of the most talented artists that i know. In fact I never got tired of hearing this. No more words, just download.